Tom McCarthy

A Hair Salon worker photographs the light display of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launch, Friday, Dec. 22 2017, in Apple Valley, Calif. The launch was more than 200 miles from Apple Valley yet was still brilliantly visible. The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying the latest batch of satellites for Iridium Communications. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)

Instead of letting satellites go down, why not fix them?

New technology though could soon make it easier to repair satellites without having to decommission, or sometimes even sending a human repairman.

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